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The focus of the programme is the preparation and service of French classical and contemporary patisserie dishes using advanced classical and contemporary French techniques and theoretical knowledge. Diplôme Avancé Culinaire students will gain valuable live and real time experience whilst preparing a dégustation menu during Brasserie week. Additional theoretical subjects are studied alongside practical classes in the first two terms and this knowledge is then applied during the Internship in the final term. Theory subjects outline the importance of planning and monitoring work flow and supplies in a commercial kitchen and the management of operating procedures and compliance requirements for operational roles. Also included is the theory of selecting and applying staffing strategies to meet performance targets and the management of staff relationships for operational roles.

4 intakes per year: January, April, July, September

Key Information

Duration: 9 Months (3x 10 week terms)

Price: NZD $26,400 per year (subject to change)

Fees Include: All Ingredients, Course Materials, Exams, Graduation

Hours per week: Approximately 22 hours

Entry Requirements: Diplôme de Pâtisserie Achieved, NZQF L4 qualification in a similar or related field.  OR Equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind. (Please note a practical assessment maybe required on site in New Zealand). Plus a minimum IELTS Academic score (or test equivalent) of 5.5 overall with no band lower than 5.0.
17+ years (no upper age limit)

Programme Details

  • Course Structure

    The programme of study requires completion of 120 credits over three 10 week periods. Please refer to graduation criteria for more details.


    The programme of study uses a variety of assessment techniques including but not limited to: Progress tests of practical skills, summative practical tests and summative theory tests, examinations, reports and presentations.


    The Internship occurs in the final ten week term of the programme. The Career Management department partners with the student to identify and secure appropriate work experience in a commercial environment in New Zealand or overseas. The Career Management department prepares the student throughout the second term for the Internship and also outlines the assessment requirements of the placement. Internship placement is a minimum of 200 hours (20 hours per week for 10 weeks).

    The Internship enables the student to apply their learning, to further develop their skills, to gain in-depth knowledge of the industry and to develop professional networks. This provides a platform for students to link directly with industry and to enhance their employment opportunities.

  • What Qualification Will I Gain?

    The following outlines the key knowledge, skills, attitudes and values graduates will have when they successfully complete this programme:

    • Select and apply staffing strategies to meet performance targets.
    • Plan and monitor work-flow and supplies in a commercial kitchen.
    • Manage operating procedures and compliance requirements for operational roles.
    • Manage staff relationships for operational roles.
    • Plan and produce a broad range of advanced patisserie and yeast goods suitable for a commercial hospitality
    • Plan and produce a broad range of gateaux and torten suitable for a commercial hospitality business.
    • Plan and produce a broad range of advanced hot and cold desserts suitable for a commercial hospitality business.

  • Career Pathways
    Patissier, Sous Chef, Executive Chef, Restaurateur, Restaurant Manager, Banquet Manager, Food & Beverage Manager, Kitchen Operations Manager, Catering Manager.
  • Term Dates & Apply

    Term Dates & Prices

    Select a date
    Apr 6, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00
    Jul 13, 2020 - Mar 20, 2021 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00
    Oct 5, 2020 - Jun 19, 2021 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00
    Apr 12, 2021 - Dec 11, 2021 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00
    Jul 12, 2021 - Mar 19, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00
    Oct 4, 2021 - Jun 18, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00
    Jan 10, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 26,400.00

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  • Eilish-testimonial

    Le Cordon Bleu Wellington has given me the best 9 months of my life. My experience under the watchful eyes of the highly regarded Chefs here has not only been rewarding, challenging but most of all has confirmed my passion for all things culinary. I have been taught a number of invaluable skills that will stay with me forever.

    Eilish Roberts – Diplôme de Pâtisserie
  • brad-testimonial
    I loved studying at Le Cordon Bleu because of the variety of nationalities within my class. Le Cordon Bleu has a very high level of standards and is highly respected in the culinary industry and throughout the world, which gives every student a higher chance to travel the world as a chef. I really enjoyed how they marked every lesson it made every day important, so it forced me to push myself. Le Cordon Bleu classes are practical and hands on; this was my favourite because I feel that this is the best way to learn, especially for me.
    Brad Grevatt - Grand Diplôme
  • Lydia-Lee-testimonial
    I have always had much love and passion for food ever since I was a kid. While researching about culinary schools on my last year of college I came across Le Cordon Bleu. Knowing that Le Cordon Bleu is one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the world I was excited to find out that Le Cordon Bleu was opening in the Heart of New Zealand, Wellington. Studying at Le Cordon Bleu Wellington for 9 months as a cuisine student was definitely the most awesome experience I have ever had. I was able to learn many cooking techniques, be taught by highly experienced chef tutors and even assist celebrity chefs during ‘Wellington on a Plate.’
    Lydia Lee- Grand Diplôme

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